We Are Legion

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These words that I speak

These words I now write

These flat voweled phrases

These poems I indite 


This love of things dark

This love of things light

This fondness for nature 

This ease with the night 


These moments of joy

These moments of fear

These hands clenched in fists

These thoughts holding clear


This taste for fine wine

This taste for cheap beer

This inner confliction 

This worm in my ear


These traits are not just I

They linger from the past

In bone & blood they carry on

From the inaugural stone first cast


For, I am the many

From ancestral mould

Born out of coal dust

With an industrial soul


My lineage still whispers 

In blood and in gene

If a path wrongly taken

I would never have been


Sometimes, a strange phrase

I find myself speak

A voice lost in time

Perhaps found a small leak?


Am I not the product

Of the good & the bad

The black sheep, the family 

Wished they'd never had?


The child that is golden

The dreams never found

The whistle that turned

My Mother around?


The swing of the sixties 

The weeping guitar

The strumming of heartstrings 

Arranged in a scar?


The smile of my Father

The glint in his eye

The knowing we're of 

The same ilk him and I ?


What I know is,  I'm forged

From centuries of kin

Who laugh & then scream 

From somewhere within


But, at last we've matured 

To the finest of wine!

Tis I! I confess!

A vintage devine 😄


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Graham Sherwood

Tue 20th Jun 2023 10:00

Too many good lines in this (you spendthrift you! 😇)
Verse 4 takes it for me though

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John Botterill

Tue 20th Jun 2023 09:49

A fabulous panorama, Stephen depicting your own place within it. An anthem of the working man! I wish Id written this! A triumph, mate 😎

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Stephen Atkinson

Tue 13th Jun 2023 21:45

Thank you Uilleam, yes I'm quite fond of that line for some reason!
And thank you, John. Yes it is (unless you come across someone you not so proud of! But you can just delete them from your tree! Simple)
And thanks for the Like, Tom!

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John Coopey

Sun 11th Jun 2023 23:02

A brilliant insight into your (and our) ancestry, Stephen. We should not forget it. It is a thing of pride.

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Sun 11th Jun 2023 18:25

I love that Stephen.

The whistle that turned
My Mother around?

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Stephen Atkinson

Sun 11th Jun 2023 11:36

Thank you so much Stephen, Helene, Clare, Graham & Kevin for your wonderful comments.
Been organising the family tree & you find out some fascinating stuff, both good & bad! Unfortunately there's no rich relatives I've came across yet! 😞
And thanks for the likes Manish & Bethany 🌈

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Kevin Tan

Sat 10th Jun 2023 22:34

Wow! Yes we are! Beautiful animalistic beastly creatures. I love you, all 💖💗💘

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Graham Sherwood

Sat 10th Jun 2023 16:54

A Tour de Force Stephen!

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Sat 10th Jun 2023 16:23

Fantastic poem! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about ancestors and how we continue to carry them within us - so for me, your poem is perfectly timed. Perfect in every way!

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Sat 10th Jun 2023 15:09

Awesome poem! Superb

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 10th Jun 2023 14:37

Well done, Stephen. A fantastic poem about the rock you were hewn from.

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